First let me start off by saying I wasn't sure what the book was going to be about. The title led me to believe that it was a story about fighting zombies, and getting into the thick of battle. I didn't know this was going to be a book of interviews. I was extremely disappointed; I kept waiting for the "action" to start. I wanted more; I wanted a story about survival. A story of close escapes and characters ripped from the pages by zombies. I wish I would have had a bit more information prior to getting this book, because had I know it was hours and hours of interviews I would have skipped this book.
Unique way to piece together the interviews and then hearing about tie-ins to each of the other peoples experiences.
Yes, I finished it this morning and started listening again this evening. I'm sure I missed something but I found it extremely entertaining.
It's hard to say but I liked all the zombie weapons
I had no issues with the way it was written, or even the narrators. It was just very dull.
Ten minutes into a character's story and then onto another character to get a different perspective. Just one after another, after another, after another for the hour and a half I listened to it. Couldn't stand the thought of it continuing. Didn't want to keep listening to see if it did.
The narrator did a fine enough job.
This book is essentially unabridged, all of the characters and all of the chapters are intact and in the book. The abridgement comes simply from the omissions of the original audio play.
For example: because the chapters that mentioned General Raj Singh in a major capacity were initially not in the original abridged audio book, the passing mentions, such as in the battle of hope are not included. Also a conversation between Kondo Tatsumi and Tomonaga Ijiro that was skipped in the first audiobook is still missing, again because Kondo Tatsumi was not in the original audiobook. Suffice to say, if some specific statement was omitted from a chapter in the original, it will not appear now in the new chapter as none of the previously recorded chapters were re-recorded for the new edition. With that said, all of Max Brooks' audio has been re-recorded, and it is just as good as it was last time, and it is 100% unabridged.
As for the quality of the new segments: Three struck me as very poor casting choices, but the rest were superb and I would recommend. The three that were questionable were:
Simon Pegg, a british actor playing an American, putting on a very phoney sounding Texas-esq accent.
Nathan Fillion, sounds a bit too traumatized about something that happened twenty years ago.
and Jeri Ryan puts on a very terrible Russian accent for her part as Maria Zhuganova.
In addition to this, there is an issue I also have with one of the original casting choices, Xolelwa Azania needed a different voice actor, I will not explain why other than point out that the character, in spite of his name and behavior is supposed to be a white Afrikaner, and having him portrayed in any other way diminishes, though does not completely undermine, the effectiveness of the character. Eamonn Walker does a fantastic job, but his voice, while absolutely fantastic, is wrong for the character.
Overall though, this should be considered the definitive version of the audiobook, it's worth the listen and other than the few slip-ups I've mentioned, this is a great value for your buck.
I had been the happy owner of the first version of this audio production for years. When I saw this new, extended version I jumped on it. I'm so glad I did. The cast is phenomenal. The "new" stories are just as great as my old favorites. This book remains one of my favorite pieces of literature of all time. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me think about what it means to be human. Max Brooks is a wonderful writer and, in my opinion, the World War Z movie is a travesty compared to his literature. Decent zombie movie? Yes. Accurate representation of the book? Not at all.